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Mr. Electric Blog

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Electrical Safety Foundation International estimates that 2,400 children each year suffer from severe electric shock or burns from sticking metal objects such as paperclips, keys or pins into electrical sockets. Six to 12 fatalities a year result from this!

Every room in your home has...Read more

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What Each Wire Color Means for You

If you live in the United States and your home was built after the 1940s (or your outdated wiring has since been updated), you can expect the electrical wires behind your walls to follow certain...Read more

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If you’re a fan of Christmas trees and holiday lights, you probably marvel at the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree every year. This global holiday symbol shines brightly for all to see in the middle of New York City every December. The tree – usually a Norway spruce standing between 69 and 100...Read more

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You only have holiday lights up for a few weeks out of the year, but it’s worth the effort to see them light up the night! Unfortunately, strings of holiday lights have the potential to cause electrocution or start a fire if not installed correctly. Use this guide to help you pick the proper...Read more

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Have you ever stopped to think about what the sounds of an electric mixer, an electric skillet, or electric knife represent? They are all kitchen appliances, but they are also the “sounds” of electricity hard at work!

While you celebrate the holidays using electrical appliances, it’s...Read more

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Facing the flashlight wall in your local hardware store a bit more fearsome than you expected? Today’s flashlights offer a vexing amount of variety… Loads of lumens, a serious selection of sizes, a plethora of price points… Where’s a person to start?

Step 1: Figuring out your...Read more

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Adorning your home or yard in a ghastly display of Halloween gear? Halloween can be a terrifyingly terrific time of fun and excitement for kids and adults of all ages. Just be sure to use your head – don’t lose it – when it comes to those dastardly decorations! Whether you’re adding a few...Read more

Never wash your electric blanket and other rules for safe electric blanket use this winter.

Now that cooler weather has arrived, you can revel in warm sweaters, cozy socks and comfy blankets. Is your new electric blanket safe to use?  Follow these simple safety guidelines to ensure your electric blanket doesn’t create a fire hazard.


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Most people know that using frayed extension cords and burning candles unattended are unsafe practices, yet about 370,000 house fires in the US still claim lives and cause billions of dollars in damages every year. Some major causes of house fires have nothing to do with user error and...Read more

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Carbon monoxide (CO) is perhaps the most dangerous gas that can enter your home. It’s colorless, odorless and otherwise imperceptible without a carbon monoxide detector. Even low concentrations can be enough to cause a negative health impact, especially on those with chronic illnesses, the...Read more